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Video: Hands-on With Nexus 4, Miracast and the Netgear PTV3000

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Miracast technology, one of the lesser talked about features of the Nexus 4, hasn’t had much play over the last month or two as adapters and TVs with the capabilities have yet to really reach the mainstream. There are a couple though, one of which happens to be the Netgear Push2TV PTV3000, which can be found at a variety of tech retailers. I picked one up yesterday, updated the firmware on it, and decided to take Miracast for a spin so that the DL community can see what it’s all about. 

What is Miracast? It’s a technology created by the Wi-Fi Alliance to give users the ability to share content between screens over WiFi. Most of you know this as mirroring, something that can already be done over a hardwired connection in a variety of HDMI docks. The beauty of this, obviously, is that you don’t need wires. You simply need Miracast built-in, a WiFi connection, and a TV, monitor or smartphone.

Is the Netgear PTV3000 worth buying? It’s about $60 at Best Buy, but you should be aware that the firmware out of the box does not actually allow you to use Miracast. The device is simply Miracast-ready, but needs a firmware update to allow that functionality. At this time, there are a couple of beta firmwares in the wild that give it Miracast, however, most are buggy and have their share of issues. If you like to be on the bleeding edge of technology, though, feel free to pick one up to tinker with. (There are instructions down below for updating your Netgear to some of the beta firmwares.)

Ready to see it in action?

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So as you can see from the video, it’s a neat technology, but until we get official firmware on devices like the Netgear PTV3000, it has some issues. In a way, it reminds me of NFC, in that it’s a fabulous idea that needs industry-wide adoption in order to be fabulous.

*Note – I’m told that this works with the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 and AllShare Cast, however, I had issues trying to connect my Note 2. There are apparently other firmwares out there that work better depending on the device.

To turn on Wireless Display (Miracast):

1.  Open Settings>Display on your Nexus 4.
2.  Scroll to the bottom to find “Wireless display” and tap on it.
3.  Toggle to “On.”
4.  Search for Miracast-ready devices.

Netgear PTV3000 Firmware Instructions:

1.  Download one of the newer firmwares to your computer:

2.2.2 | 2.1.5 | 2.1.4

2.  Plug-in your PTV3000 to a power source.
3.  Push the WPS button on the side of the unit for more than 5 seconds.
4.  On your computer, open your WiFi network manager and connect to “Push2TV.”
5.  Open a browser and navigate to – http://192.168.3.1
6.  This is the firmware update page, so follow the instructions.
7.  Browse for the new firmware that you downloaded above, and upload it.

  • aight

    which android version do you have installed on the phone? my 4.2.1 dont show up wireless display… :s

  • Nicolas Fuentes
  • ddh819

    i think the delay is too much for gaming but it’ll be nice for streaming videos.

  • mustbepbs

    Mhmm.

    • leoingle

      gay

  • freelyn

    How is the audio to video sync? Is it stable even in the beta? I can tell you that we’ve been using the old Netgear 2000 models with intel WiDi and it’s been reliable. I suspect that once they get the Miracast firmware debugged on both sides that this will be a killer technology.

    I think that the next issue will be is does the device have enough horsepower to push the data necessary to make it all work. As opposed to if the Miracast standard is capable of doing it.

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

    Shame about the delay, because Miracast + emulator + wireless controller = my dream.

  • imtrevonte

    Sexting just got better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1233597232 Brian Kriech

    DLMA, imediashare, Xbox 360… what’s the big news here?

    • http://twitter.com/ninxf Mike Calhoun

      There’s a big difference between selecting files to play on a TV and mirroring the whole device.

  • PalmerAdam

    Why is everyone getting their panties all wet about this? My Note 2 with the All Share box can do the same thing

  • sk3litor

    So just so we’re clear this is basically mhl only without wires correct? see this is actually cool for me cuz my cable constantly goes out, so to be able to watch Netflix on the tv for the whole family to see is wonderful.

  • J. Dub

    I have the HTC Media Link HD. It allows me to play content on the tv while replying to text / email on the phone. IT’s nice. HOWEVER if a company would allow my phone screen to be turned off ( to save power) while I watch a google movie yet still play the movie wirelessly to the tv then they can have all my internets…

  • buta

    Could something like the Q theoretically become a Miracast receiver after a firmware upgrade?

  • Fatty Bunter

    Man that 500ms delay kills it for me

  • Alexis Ortiz

    oh I forgot, you can purchase the actiontec right now from amazon for $79.99 plus free shipping.

  • Alexis Ortiz

    forget the netgear pvt3000 and purchase the actiontec screen beam universal wireless adapter kit which supports devices with miracast so the nexus 4 should work without a problem.

    • freelyn

      Hey man have you actually tested the actiontec with any of the micracast tablets or smartphones? I’m curious because I’m wondering how they got their firmware done so much sooner than anyone else. Any try the actiontec with a Galaxy S3?

  • Dave

    Miricast may be good for couch-potatos but did you not notice the lag with games???

  • Christian Kilinski

    I see the borders are getting slightly cropped – dunno if you noticed or not. There should be an overscan or “just” option in the picture settings on the TV; might want to turn it to 1:1 or 100% or whatever. I’ve had to do this to a few people’s TVs just because it’s not easy to notice unless you know what you’re looking for.

    Do you know if there’s a 1080p output option or does it just stream it at phone resolution? Seems like it might crop in landscape mode since the Nexus 4 isn’t 16:9.

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    Does this work with the Galaxy Nexus? There are some ROMs that say that Miracast is enabled (like Shiny). I have the settings on my phone, but I don’t have an adapter.

    • Nicolas Fuentes

      I have Galaxy Nexus running Shiny’s latest as of (12/28). It’s Android 4.2.1 and has ‘Wireless Display’ in the Display Settings. Using the PTV3000 on 2.2.2 firmware, I cannot connect. It tries to connect and then the connection just goes away. In some cases I get ‘RTSP Closed By Source’. Wondering if anyone else got GNEX working on 2.2.2 fw….

      • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

        Hmm… well that sucks. I almost wish it was a solid no. This “kind of, maybe” thing is unfortunate. I hope it works eventually, once we get official Miracast receivers.

      • Pancake345

        I get the same thing with the Nexus 4

  • JBartcaps

    I like your penguins in the window. Nice touch

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Owls. :P

  • Nicolas Fuentes

    Yo Kellex!
    Think you can post URL to forums discussing firmwares?
    Did you see if anyone had the stock firmware available?
    What firmware file are you using?
    How well does your WiDi work after upgrading?

    Only reason I’m asking is because I read that 2.1.4/5 had issues with WiDi after the fact. 2.2.2 wasn’t around when I was working on mine (eg few weeks ago). If the stock FW is available, it would be nice to be able to rollback to stock.

  • anezarati

    so doesnt this feature basically do what the nexus q is (was) supposed to do?

  • Scott

    Dude Kellen, hide that bundled cord behind your TV. You’re killin me man

  • yep

    or you could use an hdmi cable and save yourself $65 and not have to hassle with unproven wireless technologies

    • David Kerkes

      You can’t just use any HDMI cable. You would need to use a Slimport adapter which is at least 20 bucks. And then you deal with the hassle of cords everywhere.

      • hmmm wat if?

        yea but how many people actually have these”mirastar ready” tv’s? so the chord seems the best for travel,tv for the casa =)

        • David Kerkes

          I don’t think you read my response correctly. The slimport adapter is a cable, not a Miracast adapter. I was just letting him know he can’t use a regular HDMI cable

  • aholland1

    I wouldn’t call this a worthless feature at all. It could really help out those without the resources for a living room server or just provide a casual way to browse the web on a big screen without a lot of equipment. I could also see myself using it to share music/videos/pics from my phone to the TV when friends are over or I just feel like looking at something bigger than my phone. If the performance improves too it could be a viable way to have a ‘gaming console’ in the living room with just your phone. Finally, I could also see it working with Plex or something similar to a home server not in the living room as is the case for my home office PC which houses a lot of my media but isn’t in the living room, so streaming to the TV via my phone or tablet over the wireless could be sweet once it’s available on more devices.

    I’d definitely consider it in lieu of a dedicated Google TV system which I’ve been considering purchasing this year if it doesn’t turn out to be the push the platform desperately needs. Not having to maintain a 3rd Android environment (Phone, Tablet, TV) would also be a plus!

  • mustbepbs

    Nice TV, butt munch.

    (Wouldn’t let me say something else ;))

  • dalex7777

    I find it interesting, if not odd, that WiFi Direct shipped with Android 4.0, but was deprecated to the point that several large OEMs, ASUS and HTC dropped it from some of their most popular products (the (Transformer Infinity and One X respectively) in 4.1, only to have Google feature it via Miracast again in 4.2.

    Is there not a product roadmap available to the OEMs? What happened to the early release firmware that OEM’s are supposed to receive prior to publishing of AOSP?

  • http://twitter.com/AaronKaufman3 Aaron Kaufman

    Kellen, what tv is that?? looks ginormous! and barely any bezel!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      It’s the LG 55LM7600. So 55″ and yeah, very little bezel. Definitely been an awesome TV.

  • trophynuts

    watched the video. useless feature.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I can see it having uses, just not very many heh. Fun for sharing content if you are in lots of situations to do that sort of thing.

      • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ablelawrence Able Lawrence

        I see this feature replacing the crappy projectors in classrooms with giant TV screens

        • trophynuts

          doubtful. “giant TV screens” are expensive. How many teachers have content on their phone to teach a class? Anyone saying this is an awesome feature think back in the last month. How many times would you have used it?

      • http://twitter.com/CGradel Chris Gradel

        I use airplay mirroring constantly. We are more of an iOS household, and my primary display on my TV is a HTPC with XBMC (which can act as an airplay reciever). Anytime someone comes over and wants to show us a picture, BAM, up on the tv. When my wife and I are talking about the funny video someone at work linked us to, we show it on the TV. When I am researching how to unclog the Keurig, or watching a Starcraft replay, I am doing it on the TV, mirrored from my device.

        This technology is amazing. I am really hoping the miracast catches on and is adopted by more devices/programs. It would be great to have an open alternative to airplay.

    • http://twitter.com/Jason13L Jason Lassourreille

      I tend to use Juice for Roku for the same feature. Some times I want to throw some pics I just took or a video up on the TV very easily. I use a Roku so this was the easiest way since Miracast may not even take off. (enabled via Shiny ROM on GNex but not sure it works.)

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jigawattlabs.rokujuice&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5qaWdhd2F0dGxhYnMucm9rdWp1aWNlIl0.

    • Nicolas Fuentes

      Baby/Kid apps for Android > Cast’d to the TV > Bluetooth Touchpad to device… this means you now don’t have to worry about your kid breaking your pretty Android.

      Bluetooth Controller & device for gaming on TV?
      Same build with KB & Mouse for Mom / Grandma?
      How about people with bad vision?

      Useless feature for you, maybe not for others. I for one hate plugging in cables when I don’t need to :)

    • Forpar

      Are you kidding me?? This is incredible. There are a ton of uses from simple video to teaching. Having this working well will open up a world of uses!

  • http://twitter.com/litobirdy litobirdy

    so yea, can i please have mircast on my galaxy nexus and nexus 7 errrr

    • snowblind64

      I have Miracast on my Galaxy Nexus. It’s built into the ROM I’m using (baldwinguy77’s “Shiny” ROM). I don’t have any Miracast adapters or displays to test it with but it should work in the same manner as the Nexus 4.

  • hkklife

    Did we ever get 100 percent confirmation that both the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 are NOT Miracast-compatible? The last I recall reading over on XDA a month or two ago was that the N7 definitely was not but the N10 still might be…great video and article, by the way.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Pretty sure they are not Miracast-compatible. Googler confirmed a month or so ago.

      http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/mobile/DK-P8Tlnrow

      • Matthew Rose

        Since you have the Netgear setup and working on the Nexus 4, can you load up one of the “miracast enabled” Galaxy Nexus ROMs (Shiny ROM keeps coming up) and tell us if it is working with that setup?

      • EducatedToPerform

        I read somewhere that Miracast doesn’t work at the same time as your domestic Wifi – but looking at the video that seems to be wrong. Can you confirm?